Comprehensive Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course Winter 2021

February 16, 2021 to April 9, 2021

This four-day course is designed to address the needs of the nursing and other oncology professionals in relation to chemotherapy and biological therapies.  It includes information on current and investigational pharmacotherapy, safe handling, administration of antineoplastic agents, and various issues concerning the management of patients receiving cancer therapy.

Target Audience

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and hospital system employees who will work and administer antineoplastic and biotherapies

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

After participation in this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the expectations related to class content and the participant’s professional responsibilities
  • Discuss the roles of chemotherapy and biotherapy in the treatment of cancer
  • Recall the pharmacology of different classes of antineoplastic or supportive therapies
  • Recognize side effects and organ toxicities that patients may experience while receiving antineoplastic or supportive therapies
  • Discuss management strategies for patients receiving antineoplastic or supportive therapies, including the prevention and treatment of toxicities and side effects
  • Describe the safe administration of antineoplastic and supportive therapies
  • Identify interventions to prevent chemotherapy errors
  • Develop a patient care management plan for a patient receiving antineoplastic therapies
  • Identify three resources for oncology healthcare providers to utilize
  • Demonstrate that learning has occurred by achieving at least an 80% on the final exam
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 25.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 25.00 APA
  • 25.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
01/01/2021
Course expires: 
03/31/2021
Event starts: 
02/16/2021 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
04/09/2021 - 5:00pm

Learning Objectives

After participation in this activity, the learner will be able to: 

  • Discuss the expectations related to class content and the participant’s professional responsibilities 
  • Discuss the roles of chemotherapy and biotherapy in the treatment of cancer 
  • Recall the pharmacology of different classes of antineoplastic or supportive therapies
  • Recognize side effects and organ toxicities that patients may experience while receiving antineoplastic or supportive therapies
  • Discuss management strategies for patients receiving antineoplastic or supportive therapies, including the prevention and treatment of toxicities and side effects
  • Describe the safe administration of antineoplastic and supportive therapies
  • Identify interventions to prevent chemotherapy errors
  • Develop a patient care management plan for a patient receiving antineoplastic therapies
  • Identify three resources for oncology healthcare providers to utilize
  • Demonstrate that learning has occurred by achieving at least an 80% on the final exam
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Amanda Agnew, PharmD, BCOP
Melissa Bastacky, PharmD, BCOP
Thomas G. Boyer, PA-C
Timothy Brenner, PharmD, BCOP
Jaimie Kriner, PA-C
Shrina Duggal, PharmD, BCOP
Timothy George, PharmD, BCOP
Gloria Gotaskie, MSN, RN
Jamilyn Kennell, MSN, RN, OCN
Paul Huffman, PharmD
Gerald P. Mascara, PharmD, BCOP
Becky McClelland, MSN-Ed, RN, OCN
Brian Miller, PharmD
Peggy Nikolajski, MSN, CRNP, AONCP
Alyssa Owens, MPAS, PA-C
Hannah Peterson, PA-C
Brittni Prosdocimo, MSN, RN, BMTCN
Jason Steele, PharmD, BCOP

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

To receive 25 Contact Hours, the learner must attend all four days of the course, sign in, complete the activity evaluation, and pass the exam with an 80% or greater.

Available Credit

  • 25.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 25.00 APA
  • 25.00 Attendance
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To receive 25 Contact Hours, the learner must attend all four days of the course, sign in, complete the activity evaluation, and pass the exam with an 80% or greater.